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Jan 15, 2013 5:30pm PST
today. after years of denials, lance armstrong has finally admitted to doping. now the attention turns to questions about why he chose to do it and the huge consequences he and others could face. nbc's anne thompson has been covering the lance armstrong saga for years. she's here with us in the studio tonight. anne, good evening. >> good evening, brian. you know, the decision to talk actually split the tight circle of advisers around lance armstrong, but those close to the former cyclist say over and over that this was armstrong's decision alone and not part of some big public relations plan. over the christmas holiday, they say, armstrong decided it was finally time to come clean. once a hero, lance armstrong is now by his own admission a liar. the cancer survivor built his mythic image on seven consecutive victories in the tour de france and vehement denials that his success was helped by performance-enhancing drugs. >> have you ever, ever, in the history of this race, used performance-enhancing drugs? >> absolutely not. never. not once. >> how many times do i have to say it? >> we h
Jan 15, 2013 4:00am PST
>>> good morning to you. i'm richard lui. for the first time lance armstrong may be waking up with a clean conscience this morning after repeated denial in the face of accusations he was part of the history of doping schemes in sports. the seven-time tour de france champion has reportedly committed to using performance-enhancing drugs. nbc's kurt gregory has more. >> reporter: according to the associated press, seven-time tour de france winner lance armstrong has admitted to using performance enhancing drugs during his famed cycling career. armstrong reportedly made the admission with a taped interview with oprah winfrey in his hometown of austin, texas. following the interview opera tweeted, just wrapped with lance armstrong. he came ready. last year he was stripped of his seven tour titles and banned for life following a report from the u.s. anti-doping agency, a report that labeled armstrong as the mastermind of a, quote, systematic, sustained and highly professionalized team-run doping conspiracy. nbc news has learned that in a conversation the 41-year-old armstrong said,
Jan 14, 2013 5:00pm PST
late this afternoon, lance armstrong has confessed to doping. the associated press reporting that he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career. this was done during a interview with oprah ra winfrey. he apologized to staff members of livestrong. he has stronged denied doping charges for the last several years. he was stripped of his seven tour de france titles. the interview will air on thursday. >> and an update to a story we brought you a few weeks ago, today the national park service has painted gra fitty on one of it's own federal land marks. you will immediately recognize the message. it reads, peace, and freedom, welcome home on of the free indian land, in large red letters. that was first painted on the tower in 1969 when the prison closed and the native americans moved in for a two-year occupation. the water tower was refurbished, and a native american who was among the original occupiers helped to repaint the message. >> there was relief for commuters on the dunbarton bridge. toll lane 4 was reopened. the lane was closed from the beginning of th
Jan 14, 2013 5:30pm PST
you. as always. >>> the associated press is quoting a source reporting tonight that lance armstrong has confessed to oprah winfrey in a three-hour interview taped today that he used performance-enhancing drugs. earlier today before the interview, he sat down with the people who work at the charity he founded, livestrong, to apologize to them. our report on all of it tonight from nbc's ron mott. >> reporter: today, after months of silence about whether he would address widespread speculation that he used performance-enhancing drugs, lance armstrong issued an apology to the cancer foundation he founded for what livestrong said was the stress they have endured because of him. the mea culpa happened before armstrong sat down with oprah winfrey for an interview set to air thursday, in which he is expected to offer an admission of some measure. >> he was a transcendent sports figure, bigger than the sport and it was because of the livestrong band, because of the bracelets and people overcoming cancer. and frankly, people at livestrong have been pressuring him for a while now. to minimize
Jan 15, 2013 7:00am PST
'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. according to reports, lance armstrong made this confession in an interview he taped with oprah winfrey, following an emotional meeting with staffers at the livestrong headquarters. remember, this is a guy who, for years, has denied this charge and who has been defiant with his critics. >> this raises a lot of questions. number one, will this confession do anything to improve his public standing? and, two, will he now face a new wave of lawsuits? is there a possibility of criminal charges? we'll get into all those issues straight ahead. >>> natalie wood, for decades we've been told she drowned but now there's new evidence that suggests she was bruised before she went into the water. what impact will that evidence have on that case? >>> and more with our rare interview with supreme court justice sonia sotomayor. it's a candid interview. she talks about greets from her childhood. >>> author of da vinci code and "angels and demons," hundreds of millions of books in circulation around the world has a new book coming out this spring. what will it b
Jan 15, 2013 4:30am PST
jersey signed by lance armstrong. >> it's a constant reminder of how it all began. >> reporter: in 2001 he fought testicular cancer. >> it was the tumor the size of a big cantaloupe. >> reporter: that's when a friend hand him armstrong's book. >> he was a big inspiration which thrilled us to no end because it made him fight for his life. he won. >> reporter: the couple met armstrong several times after raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for his organization. with his reported admission of doping today, they are conflicted. appreciative of what armstrong has done but struggle with him as a person comparing him to the likes of barry bonds. >> you can't take away what he's done with his name and helped the millions of people who have been diagnosed with cancers. >> shame on lance. in the same breath, congratulations to him for his fight with cancer and it's thanks to that we are where we are now. >> reporter: there's something else that turned him into the every day symbol of inspiration. when hammer met armstrong and his oncologist for the first time in 2001, he was 48 hours away fr
Jan 14, 2013 11:00pm PST
's the first thing you see when you walk into bob's house, the yellow jersey signed by the man himself, lance armstrong. >> it's a constant reminder of how it all began. >> reporter: in 2001, he fought testicular cancer for the second time. overwhelmed by 26 rounds of chemotherapy. >> it was the tumor the size of a big cantaloupe. and a cucumber up his neck. >> it made him fight for his life. and he won. >> reporter: the couple met armstrong several times, after raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for his organization. but with his admission of doping today, they're conflicted. >> they treated people, maybe not the right way over time. but you can't take away what he's done with his name and helped the millions of people who have been diagnosed with cancer. >> shame on lance. but in the same breath, congratulations to him for, you know, his fight with cancer. and it's thanks to that we are where we are now. >> reporter: and it's something else that turned him into an everyday symbol of appreciation. when hammer met him in 2001, he was 48 hours away from having surgery that would prevent
Jan 16, 2013 7:00am PST
lance armstrong's confession that he used performance-enhancing drugs. coming up, what the world anti-doping agency says it will demand before it even considers letting armstrong return to competitive sports. a lot of people say that was the motivation for his confession. >>> we're going to talk a little about a fun fact during this severe flu season. did you know the virus can last about eight hours on a surface. this morning we'll tell you what you should avoid touching and we'll conduct a little experiment here in studio 1a to see how many people touch the doorknob coming in our studio in a single morning. >>> and ryan seacrest is here, and he better watch his personal items because he's going to help us out on a segment about the best pick pockets in the world. >> have you ever been pick pocketed? >> no. >> it's awful. >> dylan, good morning to you. >> good morning to you. yes, this is a big storm in that it extends from northern new england all the way down into the gulf of mexico and in areas like worcester, we are seeing the snow continuing to fall where he duwith reduced visib
Jan 14, 2013 6:00am PST
that expired in 2004. >>> lance armstrong is taping an interview about doping allegations he's for you facing. armstrong telling the associated press that he's ready to speak candidly when a reporter caught up with him during a sunday morning run. the interview will air on oprah's network on thursday. >>> shares in apple under tremendous pressure this morning. >> scott mcgrew is here to tell us about that. >> apple is down really the biggest stock that's down this morning. better than 3% or about $18 almost $19 a share. this after "the wall street journal" reported apple was going to cut orders for some of the parts that go into iphones. iphones not selling very well. dow and nasdaq down this morning. >>> the white house over the weekend said it will not move forward with the construction of a death star despite a petition signed by thousands of americans asking for one. the white house budget office listed the number of reasons. the first being that america does not support blowing up planets. also it points out we already have a space station. the white house is actually legally required to
Jan 14, 2013 7:00am PST
mitchell, thank you. >>> roundup of what has you talking online. lance armstrong, the disgraced cycling legend promises to speak candidly today during an interview with oprah winfrey. armstrong has been stripped of his record seven tour de france titles because of doping allegations, many expecting him to make at least a partial confession today. that interview airs thursday. >>> wilde tweeted thanks for all the sweet congratulatory love. >>> meanwhile, calling off their engagement, quote, i love and cherish her and her boys and we will be close forever. >>> and this dancing toddler has gone viral after stealing the show from his dad, singer coffey anderson was doing a show in texas when 17-month-old ethan decided to show off. ♪ >> go, baby! go, baby! ♪ >> bounce with it. ethan comes by his skills naturally, by the way. his mother, a dancer who has appeared in videos for britney spears, rihanna and kanye west. we know where he gets it. back to matt, savannah and natalie in beverly hills. >> so cute. so, so cute. >> all right, willie, thanks so much. >>> al is over at the front desk
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